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September 10, 2009 - Image 57

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-09-10

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A Perfect 'Ten'

Home-cooked goodness helps Moe's on Ten thrive in tough times.


he devastation was huge ...
Losing an ever-present large
customer base was enough to
bring much disturbance to any restaurant
After the great Ford Motor assem-
bly plant closed in 2007 with its 5,000
employees, Moe Leon, owner of Moe's on
Wixom tried valiantly to keep his restau-
rant across the street open ... But the
loss was too great, and he has finally been
forced to temporarily close its doors.
However, Moe still owns the property
on which the former Moe's on Wixom was
located ... and is expected to reopen in
about four months as Leon's Family Dining.
In the meantime, likeable Moe Leon,
wife Debra and son Tony are concentrat-
ing all efforts on their Moe's on Ten family
restaurant, 10 Mile, just west of Haggerty,
Novi ... It will soon fete its seventh anni-
versary with the same pomp that has
made it a very good upscale family restau-
rant with on-the-spot home cooking, utter
cleanliness, quality ingredients and low
prices at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A true family restaurant with menu
items one would ordinarily expect at a
higher-end eatery, but served at prices low
enough to make even the tightest budget-
keeper smile.
Big sellers like whitefish, salmon, lake
perch, filets, 14-ounce New York strip
steak sauteed with mushrooms and crisp
onions, mushroom chicken Alfredo,
shrimp scampi, salads, barbecued ribs,
meatloaf, crab cakes, fresh roasted turkey
with stuffing and gravy, premises-made
Italian seafood pasta, London Broil,
Walleye and so much more ... all served
with premises-made soup or salad,
smashed potatoes or rice, vegetable and

Orchard Lake Road north of
tasty bread that is made directly
14 Mile, West Bloomfield, has
at the restaurant ... The won-
been joined by a supermar-
derful soups made by Moe him-
ket option, Yossi's Famous
self include his luscious chicken
Food ... Look for the bright
soup with fresh vegetables and
yellow label at all seven
pasta, Italian fish chowder with
Hiller's Markets for Yossi's
tomatoes and herbs, etc.
own packaged food ... Baba
A children's menu? ... Of
ganoush, hummus, eggplant
course ... What would make it
in tomato sauce, mjadara and
a family restaurant more than
Danny Raskin
lentil soup ... Yossi's falafel
having separate dishes for both
Senior Columnist will also soon be obtainable
youngsters and adults?
at Hiller s.
A seven-day-a-week very good
restaurant, Moe's sole concentra-
tion on the family's Moe's On Ten restaurant Bonnie's Kitchen, Telegraph and Maple,
may bring dividends ... Instead of dividing Bloomfield Township, Joan Melnik, is also
its executive chef ... She is responsible for
his and his family's time between the two,
those goodie dining delights people never
having them on the Novi premises at all
forget and was with former owner Bonnie
times could be a bigger boon than either
might think ... It is open Monday-Saturday, Fishman almost 17 years before buying
7-10; Sunday, 8-9 ... A sumptuous Saturday Bonnie's Kitchen.
and Sunday brunch, 8-2, that includes more
"My dad, Erwin Lowensthal, used to tell
than 25 items has gained much popularity,
me about a delicatessen where you paid
adults, $7.99, and kids 10 and under, $4.99.
according to what you ate without getting
Moe's On Ten is in reality the culmina-
a bill. Do you know anything about this
tion of a long-held dream by owner Moe
place?" ... Sandor Lowensthal
Leon ... to have an upscale family-dining
[It was probably Modern Delicatessen
restaurant without expensive pricing ...
on Fenkell near Livernois, Detroit, where
Wish him and his family well on this sev-
owner Max Kruegel's mother was the
enth anniversary ... They deserve it.
cashier ... Nobody got a check, just told
MANY PEOPLE were happy to learn
her what they ate.]
that a second Redcoat Tavern has come
to West Bloomfield ... It takes over the
people recognize Shelly Rogow serv-
former Zinc Brasserie on Orchard Lake
ing them at the cafeteria-style lunch of
Road, south of 15 Mile, with those lus-
Marketplace, Northwestern
cious hamburgers among other goodies to
Middlebelt and 14 Mile,
satisfy tastebuds at the original Redcoat
... She is there Thursday
Tavern on Woodward, Royal Oak, numer-
big hellos from
ously named as serving among Michigan's
was only 15
best burgers.
job was
NO STOPPING Yossi and Lisette
Benjamin ... Their Yossi's Restaurant,

on 10 Mile and Greenfield, Southfield ...
That was 39 years ago, followed by Pickle
Barrel for Al Winkler and Sy Ginsberg,
Evergreen, Southfield, and then 19 years
for Ron Forman at his Bread Basket Deli
on Greenfield, Oak Park, and Ron's Bagel
Deli on 14 Mile, Commerce ... She is
back again with Ron Forman at Vineyards
WHILE VISITING here from Los
Angeles, former Detroiters Sam and
Dorothy Essick extolled the virtues of
their favorite delicatessen in California
... "You have some wonderful delis in
the Detroit area," says Sam, "but few can
compare with our Brent's Deli. The soups,
like split pea, are so thick the spoon stands
up in them. There are two Brent's Delis
here. One is in Northridge but Dorothy
and I absolutely love the newest one in
IN VIEW OF economic conditions,
adult price of tickets will be $175 for
this year's 25th anniversary shindig by
Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Induction Dinner ... Youngsters will
also receive a special price ... It'll be
Monday, Nov. 2, at the Jewish Community
Center in West Bloomfield with proceeds
going to Bear Hug Foundation for Camp
Tanuga scholarships, Camp Kat (Kids All
Together) and the Michigan Jewish Sports
Foundation ... Price includes cocktails
and hors d'oeuvres in the Charach Gallery,
dinner, silent auction, fun-festing, etc.
CONGRATS ... To Kenneth Schubiner
on his 45th birthday ... To Jordan Maroko
on his 23rd birthday ... To Betty Collens
on her 90th birthday.

Danny's e-mail address is

dannyraskin@sbcglobal.net .

201 S Old Woodward Avenue • Birmingham MI 48009

248.594.7300 • www.forterestaurant.com


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